Rwanda reports first coronavirus case; Indian national who travelled to east African country from Mumbai on 8 March tests positive

An Indian national in Rwanda has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the east African country, health officials said on Saturday

Press Trust of India March 14, 2020 18:13:23 IST
Rwanda reports first coronavirus case; Indian national who travelled to east African country from Mumbai on 8 March tests positive
  • An Indian national in Rwanda has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the east African country, health officials said on Saturday

  • The country's health ministry, in a statement, said that the Indian citizen arrived in Rwanda from Mumbai on 8 March

  • He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, the statement said, adding that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.

Kigali: An Indian national in Rwanda has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus , becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the east African country, health officials said on Saturday.

The country's health ministry, in a statement, said that the Indian citizen arrived in Rwanda from Mumbai on 8 March. "The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on 13 March, where he was immediately tested," the ministry said on Twitter.

He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, the statement said, adding that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.

This is the second case in east Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case of COVID-19 on Friday.

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The deadly novel coronavirus that first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year has claimed over 5,000 lives and infected more than 134,000 people across 110 countries and territories, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) describing the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday.

In India, the number of coronavirus cases rose to 84 on Saturday, which includes one death each from Delhi and Karnataka.

The Rwandan health ministry advised all residents of Rwanda to continue to observe all instructions from health authorities, particularly by washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, and reporting any symptoms by calling the toll-free number 114.

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